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SCRANTON, TEXAS

Eastland County, Panhandle / North Central Texas
FM 1864, S or I-20
10 miles SW of Cisco
20 miles SW of Eastland
9 miles SE of Putnam
38 miles SE of Abilene
Population 44 (2000)

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Scranton Academy, Scranton Texas high school
"A vintage photo, date unknown, of what I believe is Scranton Academy. My grandfather, Alvin W Wilkinson, attended this school." - John McGilvray, January 28, 2008
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In 1875 three families began the settlement and a school and cotton gin were operating in the 1880s. The post office opened in 1891. The Scranton Academy opened in 1903 and the town had a newspaper in 1911.

The high-water mark seems to have been in 1904 when 150 people were reported, but it has slowly declined to the present 40 - as reported in 1980 and 1990. According to the Scranton entry in the Handbook of Texas, nothing much has happened in Scranton from the 20s through the 90s.
People standing on rooftop and balcony, Scranton Academy, Scranton Texas old photo
Close-up of Scranton Academy photo above
Men and Women on porch, Scranton Academy, Scranton Texas  vintage photo
Another close-up of Scranton Academy photo

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Scranton, Texas school ruins
Scranton school ruins
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2004
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Scranton, Texas old gas station
The closed gas station
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2004
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